With CD-ROM drives, hard drives, and batteries, many portable PCs don't have room left over for a floppy drive. But if your laptop, notebook, PDA, or any other computer has a PC Card slot, you can plug in the new Add-A-Floppy portable, external floppy-disk drive. Features include: reads and writes both 120- and 1.44-Mbyte disks, draws power from host device, needs no internal controller, and offers plug-and-play capability. The 4.5 x 7.5 x 1.66-inch unit weighs 0.4 lb and costs $269. Analog & Digital Peripherals Inc.: Product Code 4205
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.